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Use an overlocker or a stretch stitch on your sewing machine to sew this garment together. If you don't have either try using a slight zig-zag stitch. Test your choice of stitching on a scrap of the fabric you are using, before moving onto your main garment.
STEP 1. Lay out your fabric, doubling it up, putting selvage to selvage. Make sure that there is no lumps and bumps anywhere before you place your pattern pieces on the fabric. It is always a good idea to iron your fabric before laying your pattern pieces. Also make sure you read all pattern piece correctly before pinning then cutting.
Insure that your straight grains are lined up with your selvage. Use your ruler or measuring tape to make sure pattern pieces are straight.
HOT TIP - I always pre wash my fabric before I cut out any of my pattern pieces. This is just incase there is any shrinkage in the fabric.
STEP 2. With the right sides of the fabric together pin the shoulder seams of the front and back along the seam allowance line. Stitch together, removing the pins as you sew. Press the seams toward the back.
STEP 3. Spread the front and back fabric pieces out on a table with the right side of the fabric facing up.
ATTACHING SLEEVES TO BODY
STEP 4. With the right sides of the fabric together pin the sleeve head balance marks/ notches to the shoulder seams you have just sewn. Continue pinning the sleeve heads all the way around the armholes. Stitch the sleeves to the body.
Press the seam allowance either towards the sleeve or in towards the main body of the garment. As long as you press both armhole seams the same way it doesn't really matter. It is personal preference.
STEP 5. With right sides of the fabric together pin the front and back side seams together and continue pinning all the way through the sleeves. Make sure when pinning that the underarm seam is matching. Stitch these seams together.
STEP 6. Turn the top through so the right side of the garment is facing out. Press all the seam allowances.
THE HEM & SLEEVE EDGES
STEP 7. Neaten the hem edges of the top and the sleeve if desired. The fabric is knitted so it won't frey but a neatened edge gives a nicer finish. Pin up the hem allowance on both the top and the sleeves and stitch into position. Use a measuring tape to ensure that width of the hem is the same all away around. You can either do a single stitch or a twin/double depending on the aesthetic you want.
Press the hem lines.
ATTACHING THE NECK LINE
STEP 8. With the right sides of the fabric together pin the curved seam of the polo pattern piece. Stitch together on the seam allowance line.Press this seam to one side. It doesn't matter which side as long as the seam is pressed in one direction. Fold the polo piece in two so you have the neck edges together. You should have a completely finished tube that just needs to be attached to the neck of the top.
STEP 9. With the right sides together pin the balance marks/notches on the neck piece to the shoulders on the top (body). Also make sure the seam on the neck is pinned to the centre back neck of the top. Continue pinning the polo around the neck of the garment.
STEP 10. Stitch the polo to the neck of the garment. Press this seam allowance towards the body of the garment.
HOT TIP - Check out the long sleeve top sewing tutorial on our Youtube Channel, for all the same sewing methods used.